Veda Krishnamurthy, the middle-order India batter, who had a good show in 2019, is hopeful of carrying her momentum in the upcoming tour of Australia too which will see a tri-series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The right-hander played her career-best knock of an unbeaten 57 during India’s 5-0 clean sweep against West Indies in the shortest format in the Caribbean recently.
“I have ended the last year well, so I hope I carry forward the same form. Since the World Cup is very close, I hope to continue all that I’ve been doing for the past three-four months,” Krishnamurthy told Times of India. “We’ve got a core group of members who have been playing together for a while. I am hoping that everything works for us.”
She also said that India spinners are the strength of the team and added that if the spinners get help from the batters then India can do well too.
“I think our biggest strength are our spinners, they are superior compared to the teams across the world. Our spinners bowl most of the 20 overs, so if our spinners get it right, it will work most in our favour. Given the firepower that we have in our batting, a good show by the spinners can help boost and complement that,” shared Veda Krishnamurthy.
However, Krishnamurthy also shared that the hosts, Australia, will be the team to watch out in the mega tournament.
“They (Australia) have been so dominating in the past few years and they are the defending champions playing in their home conditions. They are going to be our biggest competition. But, since it is T20, it is also about who clicks on that day. It depends on the performance on that particular day,” she told.
Being one of the experienced players, she is one of India’s key players in the middle order. She has played more than 100 matches across limited-overs format and scored over 1600 runs as well. As the T20 World Cup is near, she said the year will be special for women’s cricket.
“2020 looks very exciting for women’s cricket. We have the Women’s T20 World Cup coming up this year, followed by the 50-over World Cup that will be held early next year. It is going to be a very busy and exciting year for us. There is a lot at stake, not just for those playing cricket and in the team, but for those who are vying for a spot to play for the nation,” expressed Veda Krishnamurthy.
Notably, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place in Australia from February 21 to March 8. India will begin their campaign against Australia in the opening game.